It was in the 70s today, and an awesome day to finish up cleaning the flower beds! I put some of last year's growth on the compost pile, but stems that had lots of seeds or were too woody, I put in an out of the way place for a brush pile for butterflies.
I couldn't believe how many leaves were gathered to put on the compost piles, which already were full of leaves from fall. I figured out a way to get them packed down in order to put more on. As I was using 5 gallon buckets for stomping down the leaves, I thought of Grace, from Grace Peterson, who asked for clever ways we've improved our gardening tasks, and of Catherine, from A Gardener in Progress, who did a great post called, "Fashion in the Garden." If you check out these posts, read the comments, too. One has great tips, and the other will make you laugh.
I don't think I would actually recommend the bucket method, though, because if someone tried it and got hurt, I wouldn't want to have been the cause of it. Also, if your feet are larger than my size 11, they won't fit in the buckets. I had fun, though, and got a bit of a workout.
My husband Larry was nice and went to get my camera when I asked if he would, and took several pictures for me to choose from.
I hope to do another post today about an opportunity I have to garden across the street.